Windows Media Player Playlist

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Filename extension
Internet media type
Developed byMicrosoft
Type of formatPlaylist
Extended fromXML

WPL (Windows Media Player Playlist) is a computer file format that stores multimedia playlists. It is a proprietary file format used in Microsoft Windows Media Player versions 9–12.[1][2] The elements of WPL files are represented in XML format. The top-level element, smil, specifies that the file's elements follow the SMIL (Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language) structure.[3]

The file is saved with the "wpl" filename extension and its MIME type is application/


Here is an example of a wpl file.

<?wpl version="1.0"?>
        <meta name="Generator" content="Microsoft Windows Media Player -- 11.0.5721.5145"/>
        <meta name="AverageRating" content="33"/>
        <meta name="TotalDuration" content="1102"/>
        <meta name="ItemCount" content="3"/>
        <title>Bach Organ Works</title>
            <media src="\\server\vol\music\Classical\Bach\OrganWorks\cd03\track01.mp3"/>
            <media src="\\server\vol\music\Classical\Bach\OrganWorks\cd03\track02.mp3"/>
            <media src="SR15.mp3" tid="{35B39D45-94D8-40E1-8FC2-9F6714191E47}"/>

See also[edit]

Other playlist file formats
  • ASX - Windows media
  • M3U - The most common playlist format
  • PLS - SHOUTcast
  • XSPF - Xiph.Org Foundation


  1. ^ Microsoft Corporation "Windows Media Player multimedia file formats", Article ID: 316992. Accessed April 2, 2007
  2. ^ "Windows Media Player Files". Retrieved Dec 30, 2011[dead link]
  3. ^ Microsoft Corporation "Windows Media Playlist Elements Reference". Accessed May 17, 2009